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Touch, Representation, and Blindness

Morton A. Heller

Abstract

Psychological studies of touch and blindness have been fraught with controversy. Within this field there remains an important theoretical divide. Many researchers have taken a cognitive approach to the study of touch and blindness, relating these to higher order processes, such as memory and concept formation. Others adopt a theoretical perspective, arguing that it is not necessary to consider the ‘internal representation’ of the stimuli when investigating touch—thus people make use of information from the physical biomechanical properties of their limbs as they assess the physical properties ... More

Keywords: touch, blindness, cognitive approach, memory, concept formation, biomechanical properties, sensory stimulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198503873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198503873.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morton A. Heller, editor
Eastern Illinois University